Meeting with an accident is in itself a dreadful event and if it is topped with medical negligence, it becomes a nightmarish experience. Hospitals, clinics and health professionals are committed to giving their best services to the patients in need of medical attention. But when some events of medical malpractice occur, it can seriously affect the health of the patient and tarnish the reputation of that person or institution. But as a victim, you should not sit back but stand up for your right and fight for yourself.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence refers to the hurting, injury or death of a patient due to bad or no treatment of the patient by the medical institution or the healthcare professional. If a patient’s health deteriorates or he gets injured or dies because of the malpractice in the medical treatment of the patient, then the patient or his family can file a lawsuit against the person or institution that are involved in the act. If the patient dies during or after the treatment, the family of the deceased can file a lawsuit for wrongful death against the people involved in the act.
There are many different types of medical negligence. But some of the major ones are:
Incorrect medication or prescription of medicine in harmful dosage.
Wrong or no diagnosis of the patient which resulted in incorrect or no treatment.
Delayed or no treatment of the patient.
A mistake on the medical chart which leads to incorrect medication.
Damage to a neighbouring organ while doing surgery.
Accidentally leaving a medical instrument in the patient’s body.
Improper handling of the patient which resulted in a brain injury.
Incorrect handling during childbirth which results in the loss of any of the mother or the child’s life or in damage to the child’s brain and causing disease like cerebral palsy.
Improper or ineffective anaesthesia administered before surgery.
A blemished cosmetic surgery which caused unpleasant results.
How to file a complaint about medical negligence
If you or someone close to you is a victim of medical negligence, then you can file a complaint against the person or group of people who are responsible for it. To make it a case of medical negligence, you will have to prove that:
- The medical professionals had a responsibility to take care of the patient with an expected standard to which they failed.
- The patient suffered an injury or injuries.
- The injury or the bad condition of the patient is caused by medical negligence.
Proving this is a difficult task. You may not be able to prove that the patients’ condition is because of medical malpractice. So you should hire a medical negligence lawyer for reasons like:
- The lawyer will give you proper advice on how to proceed with the complaint and lawsuit against the culprit.
- The lawyer has knowledge and experience of dealing with such cases and can help you prepare a strong case against them.
- Can find and collect evidence for you to win the case.
- Can work out a settlement out of court to quickly finish the matter.
If you have suffered at the hands of someone else’s malpractice and negligence in medical treatment, you can contactWorkers Compensation Lawyers Perth. They have lawyers that can help and guide you in your case.